Half-faced dog rescued by vets had tumour fall off ‘like melted plastic’

Vets were horrified to find a brave dog who lost half his face after a tumour burst on his mouth.

Poor Veera was spotted in an awful state on a college campus in India, having suffered a gruesome growth which when treated grew back even more aggressively.

The heroes who initially stepped in to save Veera from dying of starvation as he was unable to eat, handed him into the expert care of Animal Rescue Trust Pune (ART).

A spokeswoman for ART said: "Long before Veera was brought to us by SAW Team for his current situation, he had a tumour in his mouth that was operated and removed.

"The tumour probably reoccurred and this time in even uglier ways. the tumour burst and half of his face is gone.

"The skin just dropped off like melted plastic."

With neither dog or charity prepared to give up on the stray's life, Veera now has an entire team caring him back to full health.

The stray was found at Sinhagad College campus in Vadgaon Budruk, Pune, Maharashtra where the state of his jaw had left him growing weaker by the day, unable to chew food.

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ART co-founder Vineeta Tandon, explained that Veera is currently undergoing chemotherapy which they hope will see him live out his days a happy and healthy dog.

Vineeta told the Daily Star: "His tumour relapsed and with an even worse intensity. It grew quickly and burst and that is how Veera found his way to us. He is also being treated with chemo.

"His whole lower jaw is now just necrossed tissue for which the surgery is scheduled tomorrow. Our vets will try to extract all the damaged tissue and see if the jaw could be saved.

"We are hoping that the surgery is successful and the infection can be removed completely. We would like nothing more that his jaw to be saved so he could go back and live a full and healthy life ahead.

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"Our vets will try to graft the skin. It is a long and expensive process.

"We will have to test his tissue sample to see if necrosis is a permanent factor. We are looking at each and every option to help him."

Bolt is another pooch brought to ART in desperate need of medical attention, with wounds first believed to be from a violent scrap.

However, like Veera, closer inspection by vets revealed that the damage was caused by a tumour.

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Vineeta said: "From his injuries it seemed he was a victim of a street dog fight but when our vets examined his wounds thoroughly, we got to know that he actually has a malignant tumour that runs all over his head.

"His whole mouth and nasal cavity is blocked by the tumour growth. We started him on chemotherapy but it wasn't completely effective.

"Though it did reduce the swelling over the nasal cavity so his breathing is now comfortable.

"We will continue with the treatment and are hoping to give him an extension on life. He is doing much better than when he first came to us.

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"A continuous improvement in his health is our goal for now."

As with all the dogs under ART's care, Veera and Bolt's expensive life-saving treatment can be sponsored by generous donors by following this link.

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